Mary Burke Baker is a government affairs advisor in the firm's Washington, D.C. office. She focuses her practice on federal tax matters affecting businesses and individuals, including tax policy, tax administration, and technical tax issues.
Prior to joining K&L Gates, Ms. Baker served on the Senate Committee on Finance for 6 years as a Georgetown Government Affairs Fellow/IRS Detailee. In that position, she worked on major tax bills; managed committee hearings; oversaw IRS policies, programs, and initiatives; and worked on tax reform measures. She also served in the Internal Revenue Service for more than 25 years in a variety of technical and management positions.
During her tenure with the Senate Finance Committee, Ms. Baker authored many floor statements, opening statements and press releases on behalf of Chairman Max Baucus concerning corporate, small business and individual tax policy and tax administration matters. Ms. Baker also materially contributed to numerous IRS guidance documents, including coordinated issue papers and industry director's directives.
In 2010, Ms. Baker was featured in Tax Analysts as a congressional staffer influencing tax policy. While at the IRS, she received many performance awards, including District Employee of the Year.